I’m back after a long hiatus. I finally decided to pick up the camera again, after using my iPhone to take just random shots. The afternoon light was horrendous, but I still had fun.
Category Archives: Butterflies
I guess it might be pure coincidence, or perhaps something related to the wind and weather, but both the Ruby Throated Hummingbirds and the Monarch Butterflies were sighted today. I saw 3 Monarch Butterflies (no pictures unfortunately as I was driving), and when I got home, I noticed a familiar sound I haven’t heard since […]
Are you ready for the Fall Migration of Birds and Monarch Butterflies? Fall officially starts on September 22, but the migration for many animals and insects have already begun. Journey South (for the Fall migration. For the Spring migration it’s called Journey North) has published it’s second update for the annual Monarch Butterfly migration (http://www.learner.org/jnorth/monarch/fall2013/update090513.html). […]
I just received a comment on a blog post I did in January 2011. It was about how cold it can be and a Monarch Butterfly’s survival (here’s a link to the original post) . The person said they live in Canada and they just found a Monarch. They wanted to know what they should […]
The Monarch Butterflies have all left Mexico and sightings across Texas are becoming common. It may sound like the “same ol” “same ol” but it’s not. In my yard I have seen perhaps only 3 Monarch Butterflies. Journey North and other Monarch Butterfly watchers reported that the population of Butterflies in Mexico this year was […]
Took a couple of pictures of the male and female Eastern Bluebird as they came down to feed on mealworms. The male traditionally eats first, but leaves plenty for the female Finally I took a walk around the yard to see what else I could find. I was surprised that I have about 10 […]
I’ve got lots of news to share (especially since it’s been so long since I have posted), but only 1 picture. Let me start with what all is occurring in the backyard. The Monarch Butterflies have arrived, but unfortunately I’ve only seen 1-2. The Ruby Throated Hummingbirds just arrived today (March 19). There is one […]
2011 was such a devastating year for the Gulf Fritillary Butterfly, at least in my backyard. The drought was so bad I think it affected many Butterflies, but in terms of normal abundance, this species was hit pretty hard. Fast forward to 2012, and now January 2013 and these Butterflies have really made a comeback. […]
Here’s something you don’t see every day in Houston. A Zebra Longwing Butterfly. According to the wonderful Butterflies of Houston and Southeast Texas book, “The beautiful and unmistakable zebra butterfly is unfortunately a rare visitor to Houston from Mexico and the lower Rio Grande Valley.” It was early this morning and I was letting the […]
The Monarch Butterflies are definitely migrating through Texas on their way to Mexico. I’ve been seeing 2-3 butterflies per day. All of them are feeding on the nectar plants. Strangely enough, I haven’t seen any male Monarchs, strictly females.
I like the following Gulf Fritillary Butterfly picture because of my accidental glowing background. The butterfly is on a peach Zinnia, and behind that there was a pink Zinnia, and the blue background was the accidental part which is actually part of a pool float.
A couple of weeks ago I noticed a female Eastern Black Swallowtail butterfly laying eggs on the Fennel. Well, apparently those eggs have now hatched to decent sized caterpillars. There are four caterpillars just on this one stalk, but there were several others on different areas of the Fennel.
i saw my first confirmed sighting of a migrating Monarch Butterfly today. It was well worn color-wise, and had a few tears on the wings. I didn’t have time to try and tag the Butterfly, but I’m hopeful it will be around tomorrow. The experts are predicting another dire year for the Monarchs because of […]
I went outside this morning because the temperature was so nice. I was surprised to see so many Butterflies flying around. There was an Female Eastern Black Swallowtail laying tons of eggs on the Fennel, lots of Gulf Fritillaries getting nectar from the nectar plants (Zinnia and Lantana), and a male Queen Butterfly on the […]
This poor Eastern Black Swallowtail is really torn up. I think she’s on her last legs. I watched her feed on the Lantana for a while, then head over to the Fennel to lay eggs.